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Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - female

Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - Female
In dead-end box-canyon east off Badwater Road, a few miles north of Mormon Point, Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California, USA
February 14, 2016
This female was found in the late afternoon curled up within a corolla of Phacelia calthifolia...just like her male counterpart nearby in the post below:

   

Examining the 3rd image in this series: The white spot on the central portion of the mandibles; and the absence of a white spot on the frons...both indicate this is P. basirufus, according to Richards (1963,1966).

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Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - female Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - female Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - female